Poweshiek County

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Poweshiek

Poweshiek County is named for Poweshiek, who was a Fox chief that supported peace in the Black Hawk War.

 

Created:  February 17, 1843

County Seat:

Montezuma  1843 – present

 

County Courthouse – Montezuma

 

Location:  302 East Main Street / South 3rd Street

Built:  1857 – 1859

Style:  Classical Greek Revival

Architect:  Drake & Dryden

Contractor:  Drake & Dryden

 

Description: The building faces north and is a two story dark red colored brick structure. The north front has a large square brick tower rising to a white octagonal bell tower with white dome. The entrance is framed by an arch at the base of the tower. The base of the building is course stone. An addition was built on the south side in 1890, and the building was renovated in 1933. A further addition was built on the south side in 1982.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1850. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $1928.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Tama County

E – Iowa County

S – Keokuk County and Mahaska County

W – Jasper County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2012